Social media erupts as people debate whether there are more doors or wheels in the world

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Are there more doors or wheels in the world? Social media erupts as people around the world argue over the baffling brain teaser – but what do YOU think?

  • A Twitter user posed the mind-bending question that soon gripped the internet
  • Soon arguments emerged over what actually constitutes a door or a wheel 
  • Spanning over multiple platforms, no one can decide which category wins

Social media users from around the world have attempted to answer a baffling question: are there more doors or wheels in the world? 

Much like 2015’s famous ‘is the dress white and gold, or blue and black?’ controversy, the question has been fiercely dividing opinion, with people pledging their allegiance to either #teamdoors or #teamwheels.

The debate kicked off when Twitter user Ryan Nixon, from New York, revealed he and his friends had been discussing the matter privately. Ryan created a poll for his followers so he could get their input. 

Posting the poll, he said: ‘My mates and I are having the STUPIDEST debate… And I am here for it. Do you think there are more doors or wheels in the world?’

Twitter user, Ryan Nixon, started the debate on how many doors vs wheels there are in the world, when he shared a conversation he had with his friends

Twitter user, Ryan Nixon, started the debate on how many doors vs wheels there are in the world, when he shared a conversation he had with his friends 

One creator firmly believed that there were too many objects that included wheels for it to be a close argument

Another creator did his own extensive mathematic investigation in order to prove why there were far more doors in the world

After the phenomenon spread to TikTok, creators have been battling over their respective chosen answers

In his poll, 46.4 per cent of people voted for doors, with 53.6 per cent opting for wheels.

After the debate expanded to TikTok, one user did his own maths to conclude that there are 144.8 billion doors to just 67.6 billion wheels in existence.

However, this was hotly contested, with one #teamwheels fan arguing that multiple wheels can be found in a range of unexpected places.

To demonstrate, they showed imagery of wheeled objects many may have forgotten to consider, including clocks, bikes, trolleys, cupboard drawer wheels, prams, skateboards and hospital beds. 

Some Twitter users were convinced it couldn't possibly be anything but wheels as the obvious winner

Some Twitter users were convinced it couldn’t possibly be anything but wheels as the obvious winner

The plot thickened when people began to question exactly what constitutes a wheel or a door, and whether any allowances would be made for similar objects. 

As one Twitter user asked: ‘What counts as a wheel? Do shafts count? Gears? individual ball bearings inside a bearing? 

‘Your average car will have 100’s of wheels but only like 6-8 doors (depending on how you count those! Glovebox and trunk obvi, but what about the hood???)’.

Some were much more confident in their beliefs, stating that the answer must, unequivocally, be wheels.

One person said: ‘I’m sitting on a chair right now that has 5 double wheels (or ten wheels if you prefer me to do the maths for you) and exactly ZERO doors.’

Another agreed, saying: ‘Who is voting doors??? There’s wheels on everything. I have wheels on my garment rack, makeup storage holder, rubbish bin. It’s definitely wheels.’

Many shared memes illustrating their conviction that there are far more doors in the world than wheels

Many shared memes illustrating their conviction that there are far more doors in the world than wheels

Others, however, felt equally strongly about doors, with one Twitter user writing: ‘Doors. Valves are doors that occur in nature and are innumerable; wheels do not occur naturally, no plant or animal has a wheel.’

Another agreed, saying: ‘Doors. Pretty much everything with wheels has doors, except bikes. Anyone who owns something with wheels will live in a building whose doors outnumber their wheels. Eg I own 10 wheels (2 cars, 1 bike) but 28 doors’.

While a third thought it was obvious: ‘From where I’m sitting in my home I can see about 30 doors. No wheels. My car has the same number of doors as it does wheels. Team door easy.’

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